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A smartphone thriller told through the secret language of flowers.Created by Robert Walton and Jason Maling 20-21 May 2017, Arts House & Melbourne General CemeteryMore dates in the pipeline!

Vanitas at Melbourne General Cemetery

20 & 21 May 2017

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The latest edition of Vanitas will get its first public outing at Melbourne General Cemetery very soon.

Booking is essential.

Come visit us in Australia’s most historically significant cemetery.

A smartphone thriller told through the secret language of flowers.Created by Robert Walton and Jason Maling 20-21 May 2017, Arts House & Melbourne General CemeteryMore dates in the pipeline!

Vanitas Premieres at Festival of Live Art

2-11 March 2016

Vanitas, my new ‘smartphone thriller’ launches tonight at the Festival of Live Art at Arts House in North Melbourne.

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Hauntings: conjuring, exorcising and making friends with ghosts

A Food for Thought event by the Art, Social and Spatial Practice Research Cluster curated by Toby Juliff (VCA Art) and Robert Walton (VCA Theatre)

The subject of haunting – and that of its bedfellows ‘spectres’ ‘ghosts’ and the Gothic imaginary – continues to fascinate us. But we’re now more accustomed to talking about ‘haunting’ as a way of thinking about and practicing the past, present and future. Moving beyond the white bed sheet and the g-g-g-ghosts of Scooby Do this research performance vocalises, enacts, re-enacts, offers critique, conjures and exorcises the haunting of contemporary theatre, fine art and cultural performance. We welcome your participation.

Participants, respondents, discussants and exorcists for the evening include: Alice Hui-Sheng Chang (experimental vocal artist), Robert Walton (VCA Theatre), Nigel Brown (sound artist), Toby Juliff (VCA Fine Art), Jason Maling (artist), Edward Colless (VCA Fine Art, Head  of Critical and Theoretical Studies), Sophie Knezic (VCA Fine Art and CATS).

When: Tuesday 16 June 2015. 5:30-7:30pm

Where: Art Auditorium, Dodds Street, Victorian College of the Arts, Southbank

The immersive work Contra is one of several new works being staged as part of FR!SK. Image via www.melbournefringe.com.au

Interview: VCA gets FR!SKy for Fringe – ArtsHub Interview

A festival-within-a-festival, FR!SK aims to help emerging artists get to grips with professional practice.

By Richard Watts

Published Tuesday 9 September 2014

Presented as part of the 2014 Melbourne Fringe Festival, and running over four days, FR!SK is a festival of new live art and performance works created by VCA Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre Practice) students.

Eight new works feature in the FR!SK program, exploring a range of themes – discrimination, gaming, our decaying digital-age relationship with privacy and personhood – and embracing a range of performance modes and styles. One common trait all the works share, however, is an interest in evolving the nature of theatre; adapting the ancient art form for the 21st century.

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New Commission: In Your Hands – Arts House / Australia Council

In 2013 I worked with Arts House (North Melbourne) to initiate In Your Hands, a project based on developing what I term ‘itinerant’ art works, that require the audience member to physically move in order to performatively ‘enliven’ or ‘instantiate’ the work. My collaboration with Arts House is built on a mutual interest to find ways to understand and encourage itinerant works created by theatre makers that often proliferate outside of existing institutional support structures.  The project, which starts this year (2014) and ends in 2016, was successful in securing $250,000 from The Australia Council’s Digital Theatre Fund.  In Your Hands brings together four teams of artists with professional app developers and theatre producers to explore the potential of ‘theatre’ works on mobile devices in public space. The aim of the project is for each of the teams to create (at least) one art work, and in so doing help venues better understand how to support similar projects in the future. I will lead one of the creative teams to realise a new work in 2016.

The creation of this work is part of my ongoing research into ‘transmedia mobilities’ that is an area of focus for my research at University of Melbourne.

Social Gaming: India/Australia Performance

Last year I collaborated with Amitesh Grover (Artist, New Delhi) and Rosie Hinde (Artistic Director, Kenneth Myer Asian Theatre Series) to create a series of simultaneous performances between Melbourne and New Delhi called Social Gaming.

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